I was in a Japanese Sky resort once and there was a Buddhist Bible in the night stand. I found it quite refreshing. I love Buddhist, got it right years before most, sorry it didn't catch on.
Ignore it completely.
I have taken a bible or two and folded several pages so when the next occupant opens it, it goes to those pages. The pages I select are some of the deeds of JC and GOD. I circle them not with a sharpie but with a ball point pen..and I do it firmly, again to create an indent in the pages. Then I add a bit of commentary on the side...normally not in statement form, but in question form. Creating questions might cause someone to think!
Then I take to the covers and add some thoughtful questions there too.
I'll often go to John 3:16 and ask, "Was this a suicide of a triune god, or was this involuntary manslaughter of a careless father?
Not suicide at all ... just a temporary inconvenience to an eternal creature to whom no permanent harm could have come anyway. The sacrifice was only from a limited human point of view. To Haysus, it was more like doing without your smart-phone for a couple days.
oh nice. I need to print those out.
If you’ve stayed in a hotel it’ll be more than likely that you found a Bible in your dresser drawer and a note saying “this Bible was put here by a Gideon”; but who the fuck was Gideon? Here’s a few fun facts about the guy you may not know.
Read the Bible for yourself. You will find the story of Gideon in Judges, chapters 6-9. The tale of Gideon is only one of many horror stories in the Bible, a book that glorifies genocide, slavery, homophobia and sexism.
The Gideons are not really a denomination. It's an evangelical Christian organization and members can come from several different denominations. I just posted that info above because it's about the same as the stickers that are sold by ffrf to put inside the Gideon bibles. I didn't realize it had that swear word in there. I don't think that kind of language helps anything.
That's a pretty good link to a lot of information about the Gideon organization that leaves the Bibles in hotel rooms. And yes, they do leave King James Version Bibles. As far as I know, that's all they do. I don't know why you think I may have been offended by your post. It's very interesting. I did not know all those stories.
I think a good thing to leave with the bibles would be this paper -
Compilation of Biblical Nonsense by Barbara G. Walker.
I carry the last Gideon Bible that I found in a motel room, and replaced with a marked up copy. I will mark up this copy and leave it in the next motel room.
I mark it up with stuff like this:
Creation, Commandments, Birth, Crucifixion, Resurrection
CREATION: Genesis 3:7 – Adam and Eve had their eyes opened, and saw that they were naked, and sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons, but Genesis 3:21 says that the Lord God made coats of skins, and clothed them.
COMMANDMENTS: Exodus 20: 2-17 is “the ten commandments” (a term, by the way, not used in the Bible). Exodus 34:1 , God tells Moses “Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write up these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest,” and yet Exodus 34:14-26 has DIFFERENT NINE commandments. God lied, or made a mistake, or forgot?
BIRTH: Matthew 1:2-16 lists the 40 individuals in the lineage between Abraham and Jesus (why? Since Joseph is not Jesus’ father?) but Luke 3:23-34 lists the lineage of 56 ancestors of Joseph to Abraham, all different names.
RESURRECTION: Matthew 28 says that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the sepulcher, and an angel descended and rolled back the stone, and he told them to go quickly and tell the disciples that he is risen, and as they went to tell them Jesus appeared to them. Mark 16 says that Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome went to the sepulcher, that when they got there the stone was already rolled away, and they saw a young man sitting inside the sepulcher, who told them to go tell his disciples , but they didn’t say anything to anybody out of fear, but later he appeared to Mary Magdalene. Then Luke 24 says that Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the Mother of James and other women went to the sepulcher, and found the stone rolled away, and soon two men stood by them in shining garments, and they returned and told the eleven and to all the rest. John 20 adds to the contradictions by saying that Mary Magdalene went to the sepulcher, sees the stone rolled away, runs away and ran into Simon Peter and the other disciple and told them that the body is gone, and they don’t know to where. When Mary went back, she saw two men in white in the sepulcher, and then turned around and saw Jesus standing there (although she didn’t recognize him, but then went and told the disciples that she had seen and spoken to the Lord.
CREATION: Genesis 1:4 – “God divided the light from the darkness.” Darkness is, by definition, the absence of light. Having to divide the light from the darkness makes no sense.
CREATION: Genesis 1:5 – “And the evening and the morning were the first day” and Genesis 1:8 – “And the evening and the morning were the second day” and Genesis 1:13 – “And the evening and the morning were the third day.” The evening and the mornings made the day, even though the sun and the moon, which makes the mornings and the evenings, were not created until the fourth day (Genesis 1:16).
CREATION: Genesis 4:14 – Cain is being driven from the Garden, but says to God: “Every one that findeth me shall slay me.” Who else is there?
CRUCIFIXTION & RESURRECTION: Matthew 27:52 and 53 says that when Jesus died, that dead saints rose up and walked around the city, and appeared unto many.” (after his resurrection, even though he had just died). It would seem, if dead people arose and walked around the city, appearing to many, that this would have made all the headlines in recorded history. No other records of this incredible event exists!!!!
There are lots more, but all for now. Gus Heist